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American Golden-Plover

American Golden-Plover

Pluvialis dominica
This inspiring, robin-sized shorebird should receive a medal for its incredible annual odyssey from Argentina to the Arctic tundra, a distance of over 20,000 miles, with about 3,000 miles of it over open water.

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photo of American woodcock

American Woodcock

Scolopax minor
This remarkable bird is a short-necked, short-legged, terrestrial shorebird with a long bill. The eyes are set back on its head. When this bird is flushed, its short wings make a startling whirring sound.

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May is a good month to see black-necked stilts and other shorebirds on wetland mudflats.

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A photo of a black-necked stilt.

Black-Necked Stilt

A photo of a black-necked stilt.

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A photo of a black-necked stilt.

Missouri's Shorebirds

With its large areas of mudflats and shallow water, the northwest region is your best bet for seeing shorebirds in Missouri.

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Ring-Billed Gull

Video of ring-billed gulls in the wild.

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The Odyssey Birds

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A bevy of migrating shorebirds sojourn in Missouri.

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Photo of a Wilson's snipe, a pudgy, long-billed bird, wading in a marsh.

Wilson’s Snipe

Gallinago delicata
Wilson’s snipe, formerly called the common snipe, is a migratory game bird in Missouri. Like its relative the woodcock, this member of the sandpiper family is not usually seen on mudflats. It prefers swamps and wet, grassy areas.

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Photo of a Wilson's snipe hiding in marsh weeds.

Wilson’s Snipe in Marsh

It is easy to see why Wilson’s snipe is included in a group of birds coined “secretive marsh birds.” These birds’ impressive camouflage and relative silence keep them well hidden in the thick vegetation of marshy habitats.

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